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Our Outdoors: Just One

"I bet you can't eat just one" was the long-time slogan of Lay's potato chips, and really with about half a century of food science and consumer...

 

Post-Frontal Pointers

Winter is already the slow time for fish. Due to their cold-blooded nature, they're generally less energetic and aggressive than they are in summer wh...

 

The Woolly Worm

The woolly worm is a fly pattern steeped in the history of fly angling itself, and many branches and regions of that history claim it as their own....

 

Our Outdoors: Takeaways from 2020

The ball had dropped, the calendar had turned. 2020 was officially in the rear-view mirror. As I made my way through the field-side tree rows and up...

 

Hunter Surveys, Wing Submissions Provide Deep Look at Upland Birds

While the upland bird hunting seasons have ended in North Dakota, the work for the staff of the state's Game and Fish Department (NDG&F) is just getti...

 

Walleye Angling Options Likely to Expand in 2021

With a record number of lakes stocked with walleye fingerlings in 2020, the North Dakota Game & Fish Department (NDG&F) is not resting on its laur...

 

Our outdoors: Go with the Flow

Here and there the frozen trickle of the creek bed shown through in the little draw. The last remnants of a dry summer and fall, it was fueled in plac...

 

Badlands Bass Bandits Kick Off Winter Tourney Trail

Despite the cold weather season descending on North Dakota in earnest this week, the Badlands Bass Bandits are looking to keep the open water action...

 

Our Outdoors: Let There be Light

Like so many other outdoor activities, ice fishing offers up some incredible opportunities at dawn and dusk and even late into the night for...

 

Winter Tying Plans

The depths of winter and the long dark nights can often trigger a lot of indoor time. Whether it's a weekend outing cancelled by a blizzard, or just...

 

Our Outdoors: By Comparison

It isn’t fair to compare hunting dogs, not among friends or fellow hunters, or even among the different ones owned throughout a person’s...

 

Dakota Uplander: Go Ahead and Hunt

It might seem like pheasant numbers are down in certain areas as the season approaches its end, and people may be inclined to assume that by not hunti...

 

The Ten Greatest Ice Fishing Innovations: Part 2

In the first installment of this two-part series celebrating the start of the ice season, it was pointed out that the last half century has been an...

 

Devils Lake Ice Fishing Preview

Even as one of the last waters in the state to totally freeze up, Devils Lake remains one of the first places people think of when it comes to ice...

 

Our Outdoors: Doe Fever

The first morning of muzzleloader season arrived clear, cold, and calm. With just the faintest bit of dawn edging over the eastern hills, I ventured d...

 

The Ten Greatest Ice Fishing Innovations: Part 1

In the blink of an eye which has been human existence, we've gone from living in caves to designing skyscrapers that touch the heavens. Where travel...

 

Our Outdoors: What I'd Hoped For

I can still hear the whisper from my left and sense Gene leaning in as the deer emerged in the first tree line below our position on the top of the...

 

Bismarck State College Wins Trap Title in First Season of Competition

In post-to-post fashion, the Bismarck State College Clay Target League (BSC CTL) team took the USA College Clay Target League's (USA CCTL) Conference...

 

Our Outdoors: Call it Memorable

There was nothing subtle about the way the buck came into the cut bean field where the growing herd of does and fawns were working diligently, heads...

 

Our Outdoors: The Weight of the Wait

With the anchor-like weight of a deer tag becoming more and more tangible in the right leg pocket of my camouflage hunting pants and that heft...

 

Ice Fishing Preview: Southeast Lakes Benefit from Recent High Waters

In the fall of 2019, the southeast corner of North Dakota received significant rain which not only complicated the hunting efforts of many in the...

 

Our Outdoors: Slow Morning

Those days when overcast conditions settle in well before dawn provide a unique time to be outdoors, particularly during deer season. The lack of the...

 

The Deal with Deer Units

In North Dakota, the unit in which a sportsman hunts deer is almost analogous to one's hometown in the grand sense of things, and particularly in...

 

Talking Tails

When it comes to trophies following a successful hunt, most people's minds turn to the antlers on the buck they just shot, or the tenderloins in the...

 

Our Outdoors: The Most Important Season

Don your blaze orange, secure your tag, check your scope one more time and stuff a package of handwarmers in your vest pocket because the big day is...

 

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